Archive: Civil Rights

2023 Reading List

This year’s reading list involved learning more about Mexican civil rights, transgender history and theory, Native American history and present, tyranny, the FBI, poverty, the economics of slavery, abolition, women’s rights in Iceland, demographic analysis of voter attitudes during the last election, Palestine and Israel, and biographies of Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. On the music end,…

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2022 Reading List

My 2022 Reading List began studying Liberia, exploring Native American history, a study of broken systems in child welfare and homelessness through the eyes of a child, then a journey through Abolition, Reconstruction, Ida B Wells, WEB DuBois, and William Lloyd Garrison. This year also included a look at racist violence, union challenges, a pandemic, and widening wealth gaps a…

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2021 Reading List

This year, I studied and read books about policing and criminal justice, early American history, Latino history, Native American history in the South, reckoning with our history, Juneteenth, the filibuster, democracy, the darkness of the Trump years and a hopeful read of history that could restore us. I also wrestled with conservative philosophy. On music, I dug into my two…

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2020 Reading List

In 2020, my reading journey included a deep dive into the four decade rise of the modern conservative movement, a deep dive into Reconstruction through the coup in Wilmington, a study of the Trail of Tears, the Great Migration, and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. I also explored Caste, James Baldwin’s ideas, the legal structures of systemic racism, the polarization…

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Letter to Mayor Barrett (Answer the call for change)

Dear Mayor Barrett, I have been a supporter of yours since 1992, and today I’ve never been more disappointed in your leadership. My friends, my neighbors, my children, and I are all marching, and you have enabled the police and national guard to operate as an occupying military force that is treating our citizens as enemy combatants rather than concerned citizens…

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Alabama Civil Rights Tour

For years, I have wanted to tour civil rights sites in Alabama. The Equal Justice Initiative’s new Legacy Museum and Peace and Justice Memorial grew that interest. The history is inspiring and it is heavy – the reminders that the struggle continues are everywhere. I’ve studied this history extensively, but I think anyone visiting would find it instructive, moving, and…

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Remembering Harris Wofford

Harris Wofford’s death on Martin Luther King Day was fitting, even poetic. He was a pioneering champion of civil rights and national service. He inspired thousands of people to believe in and pursue big ideas, to serve causes larger than themselves. He was also a kind, curious, warm, thoughtful, and beloved friend I will sadly miss. I first met Harris…

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Exploring Historical Trauma in Native American Communities

America was founded with an inspiring vision of a democratic society compromised by two original sins of white supremacy, slavery and genocide. Our nation has never fully reconciled and amended for either. Instead, these sins tragically evolved over time. While more and more of us understand the evolution of slavery through Jim Crow laws, widespread racial discrimination, and the prison…

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Remembering Civil Rights and Women’s Rights pioneer Vel Phillips

My daughter Olivia texted me this afternoon that Vel Phillips had died. Mrs. Phillips deserves the many superlatives used to describe her. She was a pioneer, giant, and lifelong fighter in the movements for civil rights, women’s rights, and human rights. Honoring her often begins with her legendary firsts: first African American woman to graduate from University of Wisconsin law…

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Conversation with Michael McAfee of Policy Link

At the Collective Impact Forum and Tamarack Institute’s Champions for Change training in San Antonio, I led a dinner conversation with Michael McAfee, President of Policy Link, about how results-based leadership, racial equity, and other approaches have strengthened the Promise Neighborhoods initiative and their other work. Our 45 minute conversation is now available as a podcast at The Collective Impact Forum

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